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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as it helps define treatment.

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Breast cancer prevention?

Breast cancer prevention?

5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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What is the bigget risk factor for breast cancer?

What is the bigget risk factor for breast cancer?

Breasts: 1 in 8 women in the us will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, therefore no woman should feel immune to this disease. The best chance for cure exists when we catch the cancer before it causes any symptoms; the best test to find breast cancer is a mammogram. I recommend beginning mammography at age 40, unless one has a family history of breast cancer at an early age. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more

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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

Keeping your weight in a normal range is one of the most important ways of preventing breast cancer. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Get regular checks with your dermatologist
Yearly
Use SPF 30 sunblock
Daily
Stay out of sun from 10am to 2pm
Daily
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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be prevented?

Can breast cancer be prevented?

Yes with surgery: Mastectomy of both breasts will be recommended to prevent the development of breast cancer in patients who carry genetic abnormality such as brca 1 or 2 as this genetic abnormality will increase their risk to have breast cancer and ovarian cancer significantly. Tamoxifen is given to patients with high risk feature like precancerous /in situ to reduce risk for recurrence of in situ or cancer. ...Read more

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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

Breast feeding might reduce your risk for breast cancer. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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How can you prevent breast cancer?

How can you prevent breast cancer?

Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with anxiety after breast cancer?

What is the best way to deal with anxiety after breast cancer?

What are reasons: To answer this question, you will need to know why do you feel anxiety: worried about recurrence or metastasis? Did not complete prescribed regimen? High risk factors? New lump? Abnormal mammogram? It is normal to have some anxiety after being treated. I recommend you meet with your oncology team to address this. It would be important to meet with a mental health professional to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is also known as Breast cancer. Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more

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